A preview of the October 16, 2015,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Oct. 16 - 22, 2015

Dear Readers,

The controversial house overlooking 17 Mile Drive that Massy Mehdipour wants to tear down, but which preservationists want protected by the government at her expense, is headed for another showdown in front of the board of supervisors -- this time over whether she can be required to prevent the house from decaying any more than it already has. Kelly Nix reports.

The city and the coastal commission remain at loggerheads over whether the city can ban fires on Carmel Beach, and neither side shows any sign of backing down, but at least they're talking. In the meantime, what are beachgoers supposed to do? Mary Schley has that story.

Helicopters that have apparently been used to deliver guests to private parties in remote areas are the latest hot-button issue in Big Sur. But one problem is on its way to being solved in the backcountry, thanks to some hikers who don't mind taking care of other people's garbage. Chris Counts reports both of those.

PacRep has received a $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor who wants changes to the Forest Theater renovation already underway. Will the council be able to give her what she wants? A 39-year-old P.G. city councilmember who's challenging 74-year-old Sam Farr for Congress says lots of Monterey Peninsula residents are welcoming her message of "new people and new solutions." A CHS grad says he hasn't invented a better mousetrap, but he has devised a cheaper and better way to pave roads, and he's asking for help turning his design into reality. And my editorial says solving the short-term rental debate isn't as difficult as it seems.

As always, I am available to respond to questions, comments or concerns, and to offer advice about how best to read our newspaper on your computer, smartphone or iPad.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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